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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Helping Joplin, MO

More to come? The devastated town of Joplin pictured at sunrise this morning, as forecasters warned of further severe tornadoes across the Midwest
Joplin, MO

I love my community. Bryan/College Station, TX is a medium sized "microplex" in the middle of Texas' bigger cities. It's the home of Texas A&M University, myself, and a wonderful little radio company called Bryan Broadcasting... which is independently owned (aka - not a Clear Channel station) and always really involved in the community.

At Christmas time, Bryan Broadcasting hosts the My Christmas Angels. In the Spring, they help sponsor Cookies for Kids. And now, in a time of disaster, they are hosting an emergency supply drive for the victims of the Joplin, MO, tornado.

A U-Haul has been rented, the call has been made, and now it's up to the residents of Bryan/College Station to show up and donate. So I did this morning, and I'm asking you (if you're in town) to do so this afternoon. And, if you're not from Texas, you can always help by donating to the Red Cross. (The Red Cross has had their hands full this year!! I'm sure they are still in need of support!!)

Things to bring if you're in BCS:


Toiletries all of All Kinds

Water, Baby Formula, Blankets, Diapers, Etc.

I couldn't stop thinking: "What if that was my family?" all last night, and when I woke up this morning, I had to go help. It took about 1 hour out of my day (and most of that was shopping around at Wal-Mart). I seriously drove up, opened my trunk, the boys unloaded the water, and then I was on my merry way. The actual time I was at the studios was 10 minutes. So no excuses, people!! 

It's this easy.

This is truly a terrible disaster (now dubbed the deadliest tornado in the United States ever)... and these people really need our help. Just think of what you would need if your home looked like this:

Terrifying power: A survivor is dwarfed by the splintered houses of Joplin, Missouri, which was virtually destroyed by a tornado at the weekend
Joplin, MO

When a person is down in the world, 
an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) British politician, poet and critic

1 comment:

  1. This is so sad!! I live in Alabama and after April 27th, I know just how bad the destruction really is, pictures do not even begin to explain the damage! My prayers go out to everyone in Joplin!